Nokia 7.1 Android One Smartphone Now Available on Pre-Orders in India

Nokia 7.1 Camera HDR Quality

HMD Global has finally launched the Nokia 7.1 smartphone in India. This is the latest Nokia smartphone to feature a notch. It is a mid-range smartphone that has a great display and a premium design. Nokia has had a lot of success in India with the Nokia 6.1, Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia 8 and so on. The company is known for its simple and good design, great build quality, decent hardware, and good cameras. Most of the phones from HMD Global, fall under the mid-range segment and that’s where it is most comfortable. The new Nokia 7.1 is yet another example and is now available for pre-order online.

Nokia 7.1 is one of the best 4 GB RAM Smartphone Models in India. Also, Top 3 GB RAM Smartphones are available at budget price lesser than 4 GB RAM Mobiles.

Nokia 7.1 Available for Pre-order

If you were impressed with the Nokia 7.1, then you can go ahead and pre-order one right away. The phone goes on sale on December 7 in India and is priced at INR 19,999. As per HMD Global, customers will be able to purchase the phone online and via offline stores. It can also be purchased from the official Nokia e-Store.

Nokia also has a few offers for Airtel customers who will be buying the Nokia 7.1. Prepaid customers using plans above Rs. 199 will get 1TB of additional data. Those who are on an Airtel Postpaid line, will receive up to 120GB of extra data. Postpaid users on the Rs .499 plan will also get free 3-months of subscription to Netflix and discounts on Amazon Prime subscription. If you are placing an order using the HDFC Bank Credit or Debit card, then you will receive 10 percent cashback. However, this offer is only valid on offline store purchases.

Nokia 7.1 Features and Specifications

The Nokia 7.1 is a mid-range smartphone from Nokia. It is well-built, similar to other recently launched Nokia smartphones. It also has a notch and is part of the Android One Program. This means that the phone will receive software and security updates much faster than other non-Android One devices. The phone launched with Android 8.1 Oreo on board, but will most likely receive an update to Android 9.0 Pie as soon as it’s available for purchase.

Now let us talk a little about the features and specifications of this new Nokia smartphone. The phone comes with a 5.84-inch FHD+ display that supports HDR10. Nokia is calling this the PureDisplay and it has a 1,000,000: 1 dynamic contrast ratio. The LCD IPS panel has a dedicated chip from PixelWorks that allows for HDR10 support. Internally, the phone is powered by the Snapdragon 636 processor which is coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.

In the camera department, the Nokia 7.1 features a dual-rear camera setup with a primary 12MP sensor paired with a 5MP depth unit. The phones uses Zeiss optics for its lenses and selfies are taken care by an 8MP sensor up front. A 3080mAh battery, with fast charge support, keeps the lights on.

The company has also scheduled an event for December 10 in New Delhi. We expect HMD Global to announce the Nokia 8.1 at this event.

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Nokia 7.1 Android One Smartphone Available on Pre-Orders in India

Alexa will now stream Apple music

Amazon said Friday that Apple’s music-streaming service will soon be available on its Alexa-powered devices, signaling a further thaw in the relationship between the tech titans.

The announcement also ends a nine-month period of exclusivity in which the music-streaming service was only accessible through Apple’s HomePod smart speaker.

Beginning on Dec. 17, users will be able to ask their Amazon Echo speakers to play songs from Apple Music much the same way they can request a song from SpotifySPOT, -1.86% or Amazon Music.

“Given the size and scope of Apple Music, it’s been one of the most asked for features for the past three or four years, since we’ve had Echo and Alexa out there,” Dave Limp, Amazon senior vice president for devices and services, said in a statement.

Apple Music, which launched in June 2015, previously required subscribers who didn’t own a HomePod to use Bluetooth to connect their phones or computers to Amazon’s home speakers.

Last December, Apple allowed Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service onto its Apple TV platform.

Earlier this month, the companies struck a deal for Apple to sell iPhones and iPads directly on the Amazon website.

With this $25 gadget, Amazon will finally get you to stop scoffing at the idea of a ‘smart home’

  • Amazon’s smart plug can help you control lights and other appliances with your voice or from your phone.
  • The Amazon smart plug is very easy to set up and doesn’t require a hub or complicated configurations.
  • All you need to do is plug it in and open the Alexa app.
Dave Limp, Senior Vice President of Amazon Devices, introduces the 'smart plug' during an event at the Amazon Spheres, on September 20, 2018 in Seattle Washington.
Dave Limp, Senior Vice President of Amazon Devices, introduces the ‘smart plug’ during an event at the Amazon Spheres, on September 20, 2018 in Seattle Washington.

Earlier this year, Amazon launched a $25 smart plug that lets you control any outlet in your home by voice with an Amazon Echo. That means you can control any lamp, appliance or anything else that plugs into an outlet by speaking a phrase to Alexa like “turn on the living room lamp,” without having to find a switch. It even lets you add other smarts, like a schedule so the light turns on and off at certain times.

It’s a really easy way to turn a “dumb” home into a smart one that you can control with your phone or by voice. You don’t need to fiddle with complicated hubs or spend too much time trying to get something to connect to your WiFi network.

If you can plug in a lamp, you can get the smart plug working. I’m going to show you how to get the most out of it.

Amazon smart plug

Amazon smart plug

It’s very simple. Think of it as a sort of adapter that adds the brains to anything you want to plug into an outlet. It will let you schedule an appliance to turn on and off at a certain time, enable you to turn it on or off even when you’re away from home and let you activate it by speaking to Alexa.

All you need to do is take the smart plug, plug in the appliance to one end —it makes the most sense with a lamp because it’s a simple on/off appliance, but you can use anything from a humidifier to a fan — and then plug it into the wall.

How to connect the Amazon smart plug to an Echo

Amazon smart plug setup

Once you’ve plugged it into the wall you’ll see a blinking blue light the plug. That means it’s time to get the smart plug to talk to your Amazon Echo. This enables all of the smart features I talked about above. Here’s how to connect it:
  • Open the Alexa app on your phone.
  • You should see a white box on the home screen that says “Your Smart Plug is ready to use.”
  • Tap “Turn on.”
  • Now you’ll see a screen that shows the plug is on.

Amazon smart plug setup

If for some reason you didn’t see the white box that said the plug is ready to use, you can follow the steps below. Don’t worry, it won’t take long either:
  • Open the Alexa app on your phone.
  • Tap the devices tab in the far-right bottom corner.
  • Tap the + button on the top-right of the page.
  • Tap “Add Device.”
  • Choose “Plug.”
  • Select “Amazon” as the brand.
  • Follow the steps to add it. You can find the 2D barcode it asks for on the back of the pamphlet that came with the plug.

Now the plug is recognized by the Alexa app. That means you’re finished with set up. I told you it was easy!

How to control the Amazon smart plug with your phone:

Amazon smart plug

Amazon smart plug

There are two ways to control the Amazon smart plug. You can ask Alexa to turn the appliance on or off, or you can do it right from the Alexa app on your iPhone, Android phone or Amazon Fire tablet.

  • Open the Alexa app on your phone.
  • Tap the devices tab on the bottom-right.
  • Choose “Plugs” on the top of the page.
  • Choose the smart plug.
  • Tap the big plug icon in the middle of the page to turn it on or off.

You can do that whenever you want, even when you’re not home. It will still recognize the command and control your lights, fan or whatever you have connected to the smart plug.

How to control the Amazon smart plug with your voice:

Name your Amazon smart plug

Name your Amazon smart plug
  • Open the Alexa app on your phone.
  • Tap the devices tab on the bottom-right.
  • Choose “Plugs” on the top of the page.
  • Choose the menu button on the top-right (it looks like 3 dots stacked on top of one another.)
  • Next to the name “First Plug,” tap “Edit name.”
  • Name the appliance something simple, like “living room lamp.”
  • Now you can say “Alexa, turn on the living room lamp” or “Alexa turn off the living room lamp.”

How to schedule the Amazon smart plug to turn on or off automatically

Amazon smart plug

Now that you have the smart plug set up and can control it by voice or from your phone, it’s time to learn how to do a bit more with it. Amazon has a feature called “routines” inside the Alexa app that lets you do things like schedule the outlet to turn on or off at certain times. It’s good if you want the lights to automatically turn on at 6 p.m. on weekdays, for example. Here’s how to do that:
  • Open the Alexa app on your phone.
  • Tap the devices tab on the bottom-right of the page.
  • Choose “Plugs” on the top.
  • Choose the plug you want to control.
  • Tap “Create a routine” on the bottom of the page.
  • Tap the + button on the top-right of the page.
  • Tap the + button next to “When this happens.”
  • Choose “Schedule.”
  • Select the time you want to turn the plug on (or off) and then select the days of the week you want this to apply to.
  • Tap “Create.”
  • Repeat the steps if you want it to automatically turn off at a certain time too.

Play around and create other routines. If you want the lights to turn on and off when you come and go from home, for example, you can go to the routines page and select the option for “arrive or leave.” It uses your phone to recognize when you’re home and when you’re not.

Amazon smart plug

That’s all there is to it. The steps above might seem daunting, but you’ll pick it up easily and will be able to control your smart plug and the devices you plug into it.

I really like how simple the Amazon smart plug is, and that it doesn’t require me to fiddle with a smart hub .(Though the Amazon Echo Plus has one built-in that doesn’t require much setup either.) The benefit to a smart hub, however, is that you can add other things like Philips Hue lights and other appliances that require more than just an outlet to work.

But, if you want to use your voice or phone to easily on a fan, holiday lights, the coffee maker or any other simple gadget with an on/off switch, then the Amazon smart plug is a really simple way to do that, no matter where you are.

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